Housing Opportunities Made Equal is accepting applications for the Joanne Champion Granger Scholarship. It will be awarded to a high school senior in Erie or Niagara counties who, in addition to academic achievement, has demonstrated a commitment to human rights and/or equal opportunity in housing. Applications are due Feb. 18. For information, contact Grace McKenzie at 854-1400, Ext. 22, or visit www.homeny.org.
North Buffalo Community Church, 350 Kenmore Ave., is sponsoring five SAT preparation sessions. Cost is $20. The sessions will be held: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, Feb. 21 and March 7, and a practice exam will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Parents are welcome to sit in. For information, call 833-6598 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Theatre of Youth and Holocaust Resource Center have teamed up for the theater's production of "Number the Stars." A reception will follow the performance at 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 203 Allen St. Holocaust survivor Sophia Veffer will participate in the post-performance Talk Back session. For information, call 884-4400 or visit www.theatreofyouth.org.
The Mount St. Mary Academy Jazz Ensemble will perform with Bobby Militello at 7 p.m. Saturday at the school, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 877-1358. Militello and drummer Rich Thompson also will conduct a jazz clinic for Mount St. Mary Academy students as well as students from St. Francis High School, Tonawanda High School and the Charter School of Applied Technology.
DANCE FOR CHARITY
Students in grades five through eight are invited to attend the How Big Is Your Heart Dance to benefit Carly's Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11 in Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St. Tickets, $30, must be purchased in advance at www.carlysclub.org. For more information, call 845-8788.
The Winter Re-Charge series for children ages 3 to 12 will take place Feb. 21 through 25 at the Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St. Cost is $150 per student. For information, call 884-4400 or visit www.theatreofyouth.org.
Amherst's Got Talent Search will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the food court, Boulevard Mall, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst. The contest is open to all dancers, singers, actors and musicians ages 12 to 20. For information, call 631-7132 or visit www.amherst.ny.us.
PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site will hold a public speaking contest for high school students in March. The contest commemorates the life and legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. Details and registration forms are available at www.trsite.org. Registration deadline is Friday.
The Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest is open to all students in grades four through 12. Essays (printed or typed) must be between 200 and 500 words on the topic: A Salute to African-American Soldiers in Western New York. The essay must list the area of service the soldier was in, years served, places stationed and any interesting story about the soldier's years of service. Other topics may include an important monument or plaque dedicated to African-American soldiers. Interviews are acceptable and photos welcome. Deadline is Wednesday. Send entries to Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest, P.O. Box 63, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207 or deliver to Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. Include name, address, phone number, school and grade on essay.
The Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a nonprofit, U.S. Department of Education accredited college. Pell-eligible applicants and students attending college in Western New York will be given preference. Applications are available online at www.cfgb.org and can be submitted until March 1.
Artpark will offer its Musical Theater Apprenticeship Program for high school students ages 16 and up to participate in Artpark's August production of "Fame -- The Musical." Auditions will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at a location to be determined. Applicants should prepare 32 bars of two songs and be prepared to dance. Bring sheet music, application and photo. For information, visit www.artpark.net or to make an audition appointment, call Susan Stimson at 754-9000, Ext. 142, or e-mail: email@example.com.